I have been very aware that in the nine months I have been writing my blog, I have not written about a Chardonnay wine. I remember the Chardonnay wines of the 1990s which were too rich for me and heavy with fragrance as many wine producers tried to emulate the fine Chardonnay wines of Burgundy. The hot climate of Australia and California produced Chardonnay wines which were a bright golden colour with pineapple, tropical fruit and caramel on the palate. The addition of oak chippings, which were placed inside stainless steel vats gave an often-overpowering flavour of vanilla. They were synonymous with hangovers.
Mâcon-Lugny 2015 Louis Latour a Chardonnay wine of Burgundy, however couldn’t be more different. This wine was elegant and light, with subtle oak coming from time spent in oak barrels. The cooler climate of central France results in Chardonnay which is fresh and citrussy but with surprisingly low acidity.
Mâcon-Lugny 2015 Louis Latour was a pale gold colour with a fresh nose of lemon and yellow apples. I can’t remember the last time I saw yellow apples in the supermarket, but I remember the smell of them from my childhood. On the palate it was delicate citrus with green, rather than yellow apples and peach notes. There was butter with a slight honey note and then a gorgeous, understated vanilla finish. After half a glass or so without food the taste of the lemon pith came through and it was time for food.
I served Mâcon-Lugny 2015 Louis Latour with roasted vegetables and garlic bread. This classy wine needed delicate flavours, so I chose vegetables which were quite sweet. Whole cloves of garlic, quartered red onion, butter nut squash, courgette, mushrooms, yellow bell pepper and fresh tomatoes were tossed in olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper and roasted in the oven. The vegetables were then topped with sliced aubergine and a mix of Cheddar and Manchego cheese was sprinkled on top.
The wine matched the dish beautifully. Tomatoes are often difficult to match with low acidity wine but as I’d chosen sweet, ripe tomatoes the pairing was harmonious. The butter nut squash was a wonderful match too and the butter in the garlic bread heightened the butter and vanilla in the wine.
I purchased Mâcon-Lugny 2015 Louis Latour from Majestic Wines in Poole. It was £10.99 (Mix 6 price). I will definitely be buying this superb Chardonnay again.